Bruins Ranked Fifth in CSTV/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 14, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The UCLA women's volleyball team was ranked fifth in the CSTV/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll as announced on Tuesday.

The Bruins open up the 2007 campaign on Friday, Aug. 24 when they travel to Omaha, Neb. for the AVCA Showcase. First up for UCLA will be 21st-ranked Utah, a team the Bruins beat in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago. A potential Showcase Championship match-up could pit UCLA against top-ranked and defending national champion Nebraska, which beat the Bruins in the national semifinals in Omaha last year. Friday's match against the Utes begins at 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT. On Saturday, the first match starts at 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT and the championship contest begins at 6:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. CT.

The CSTV/AVCA preseason Top 25 features six teams on the Bruins' schedule (#2 Stanford, #6 USC, #8 Washington, #10 Hawai'i, #12 California and #15 San Diego), as well as five more squads that are receiving votes in the first poll of the year (Arizona, Louisville, Oregon, Pepperdine and Tennessee - Potential AVCA Showcase Opponent).

UCLA returns 11 letterwinners and four starters to a 2006 squad which went 33-4 and reached the Final Four for the first time since 1994. Leading the charge in 2007 for the Bruins is junior setter Nellie Spicer, who earned AVCA First-Team All-American honors as a sophomore. Senior middle blockers Rachell Johnson and Meghan Schoen also return to help UCLA continue its momentum from its outstanding play in the Spring. The Bruins claimed the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships in Austin, Texas in May. Spicer was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Johnson, Schoen and junior outside hitters Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA